14 in. Central machinery band saw

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10-02-2011 06:57 PM

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Bought a 14 In.Central Machinery band saw at a yard sale yesterday.Date made is 2005.I got it for $45.00.What is the best blade for it.If any one has any pointers about this band saw they will be greatly appreciated.I know nothing about a band saw this small.

-- Mike

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#1 posted 10-02-2011 09:28 PM

Central machinery is a harbor freight saw. Looks almost brand new. id say you did well for 45.00.

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#2 posted 10-02-2011 10:27 PM


New ones are on sale at Harbor Freight for $349 right now, so it might not be the best bandsaw on the market, but it should be worth way more than $50! You can download the manual on the Harbor Freight site. Here’s the link:

It also has some good reviews on the site as well. I’ve seen some real bad reviews on their site on other items, so they may be honest reviews. I usually disregard the best and the worst of them anyway.

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#3 posted 10-02-2011 11:27 PM

It will work if ya level the floor. (My humor for the day).
Get a good blade(s), balance the wheels, get good guides, polish the tables, figure the dust collection, and you’ll have a decent saw. I don’t know about the riser if ya need one. Alignment is another issue. Make sure that the wheels are true to each other.


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#4 posted 10-02-2011 11:38 PM

In 2005 there were 2 models. The 32206 and 32208. The difference is single speed vs/ 4 speed. The best blade for it depends on purpose… For example I have Timberwolf 1/2” 3TPI blades for resawing, and 3/16” (forget the TPI) that I use for cutting curves…

$45.00 is a STEAL even for the single speed…

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#5 posted 10-02-2011 11:45 PM

My saw is the 4 speed.

-- Mike

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#6 posted 10-02-2011 11:54 PM

I’ve got the older version of that saw. I’ve had it since 1997(bought it new). It works fairly well, but to get it to re-saw I had to replace the tensioning spring. I never tried until about a year ago, so you may not have the same problem. I just bought a aftermarket from Woodcraft. I use a 1/2” 3tpi hook for resawing. It works pretty well. I also built a fence for mine. Its one I actually built for a table saw but it was not accurate enough for the TS, but works well on the band saw. It will take a little tuning, but for $45, you got a good saw.

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#7 posted 10-03-2011 12:24 AM

I’ve had this saw since about 1985??? It’s good for roughcutting stuff. I keep a large course blade in mine for that purpose. My old 14” craftsman does the finer stuff. One word of caution. Be carful when moving it. The table is held on by a trunion that lets you change the angle but it’s thin cast metal. If you try and pick it up or move it by the table they break off. I know from experience. I fixed mine by building some permanent nonadjustable trunions out of angle iron.

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#8 posted 10-03-2011 02:26 AM

Mine is about the same vintage and I put the riser kit on it right away. I then used it with a 1/4” 14 tooth blade to cut aluminum for about 4 yrs. I bought a smaller saw for the aluminum and a few months ago I changed the speed and put a 1/2” 4 tooth blade on it. I’ve fiddled with some resawing and I think it will do a good job when I get serious about it.

I did use it to cut some tapers in 8/4 leg stock and it did a real nice job.

I do intend to change the motor mount someday. I think it causes some vibration because it’s so flimsy.

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#9 posted 10-03-2011 02:27 AM

Like someone else said, spend the time to tune the saw and buy a really good blade.
If the manual doesn’t have good info about tune up you can find plenty on the net or magazines. The better you tune it the better you will like it.
You did well for 45 bucks.

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#10 posted 10-03-2011 07:09 PM

THANKS everyone for the advice!Lumberjocks has some of the best and most talented people I have ever seen in one group.

-- Mike

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#11 posted 01-25-2014 04:27 PM

Great looking saw,
Is it possible to put a 1’’ carbide tipped blade on this type of saw do you guys think? Looking to buy almost the same saw this weekend but need it to cut soapstone so I need a 1’’ carbide blade to fit on it.

Any help would be great!

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#12 posted 01-25-2014 04:41 PM

I have never run a blade that wide. I imagine the saw would handle it. I have never cut soapstone with a band saw but I have with a circle saw. The soap stone here in Western North Carolina is pretty soft. I think pretty much any kind of band saw blade would cut it.

-- Mike

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#13 posted 01-25-2014 04:56 PM

The maximum recommended blade width for this saw I believe is 3/4” and I would not use a blade that wide,I have put 5/8”x 4 tpi blade and it has been fine .or better still the most recommended width:1/2” x 3tpi.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#14 posted 01-25-2014 05:01 PM

I would be hesitant to use a 1” blade on this saw (I own one). I don’t think the wheels/bearings would stand up to the necessary tension.

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#15 posted 01-25-2014 06:19 PM

I know nothing about band saws, only that I would like to get one, some day.

Regarding the 1 inch blade, wouldn’t the diameter of the wheels combined with the thickness of the blade dictate whether or not a 1 in. blade could be used on it? Just wondering….....

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